Makeup By Kim Porter


Achieving Red Carpet Ready Skin using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit

SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit




Getting ready to watch the Oscars this Sunday has me thinking back on recent award shows, did you catch the Grammy’s a few weeks ago? I remember seeing Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani and thinking how beautiful they looked. Or what about Rihanna and Janelle Monae? On Grammy night, they all had one thing in common: flawless skin!   I’m going to show you just how I’ve been incorporating the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit into my routine to achieve flawless, red carpet ready skin just in time for Oscar night.

After a long work week, my skin needs a pick-me-up, which is why I save my at-home facials for the weekends. This weekend’s facial is even more special since Sunday night is Oscar night.  While watching the Oscars, I’m going to revive my skin using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit.  After staying up late watching all of the beautiful women grace the red carpet, my skin is going to need all of the help it can get to look refreshed and glowing in time for Monday morning.

Below is a step-by-step look into how I’ve incorporated SKIN INC and the Get Perfect Kit into my skin care routine.

1. Prep my skin

After cleaning my face, I prep my skin with the SKIN INC Pure Revival Peel.  This non-abrasive peel gently removes dullness and dead skin cells.  This is a vital step as it prepares the skin to absorb nutrients from the other products included in this kit.

The results from using the Pure Revival Peel are immediately seen after washing off.  I even tested the product on the backs of my hands, which are dry and scaly, and noticed the dryness was gone, and my skin in the area was smoother.

2. Nourish my skin

Next, I apply 2-3 drops of the SKIN INC Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum to nourish my skin, which features some of my favorite ingredients in skincare products, like hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as the skin repair boosting ingredient, CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10).  The serum also includes Marine-Collagen to help the skin become suppler.  Once applied to the skin, these tiny blue, green, and yellow caviar-like capsules that are infused with active ingredients (SKIN INC’s patented encapsulation technology) are released.

SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit Serum

After applying the Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum, I noticed it absorbed quickly, and my skin did feel hydrated afterwards.

3. Seal

Finally, I apply the SKIN INC Pure Deepsea Mask to seal in the nutrients from the other products I applied during my SKIN INC at-home facial session. This mask contains nutrient-rich Okinawa deepsea water, soya bean extracts, and hyaluronic acid, promising to moisturize, clarify, and brighten the complexion.

Have you ever used a mask that you sleep in? Neither have I, but, there’s a first time for everything, right?  That’s exactly what I do with the Pure Deepsea Mask – sleep in it.  My skin in the morning looks brighter, clearer, and is hydrated.

The Pure Deepsea Mask reminds me of a gel, however, it is light, non-sticky, and doesn’t pill up or leave residue.   It applies smoothly, and evenly, too.

After using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit, I wake up with flawless, red carpet ready skin just like the stars gracing the red carpet of the Oscars. Plus, my makeup applies effortlessly, too.  And the best part about using the SKIN INC products was that it didn’t take a lot of time to achieve good results.

If you’re in the market for Japanese skincare products that are pure (no added fragrance, parabens), and suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin, I suggest checking out SKIN INC products.

The SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit ($65) along with other SKIN INC party-ready specials can be found at


Skin Inc


Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Monat Global Rejuvinuqe Oil Intensive



Today, I’m reviewing the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive that I received from the iFabbo online shop.

Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive is a multi-tasking oil that can be used on your hair, skin, and nails.  Winter, I believe is the perfect time to test out products such as this one since it allows me to see whether or not the product, in this case, the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, truly remedied my problems.

This winter has already been pretty harsh on my hair, skin, and nails causing them to become dry and brittle.  My hair was pretty much lifeless, and my cuticles were dry and cracking.  Plus, when it’s colder out, I tend to turn up the heat in my house and increase the water temperatures while showering, which can dry out your skin.  Thanks to the unique property of the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, which mimics the body’s natural oils, my hair, skin, and nails were revived.

The Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive contains a blend of 11 oils, 1 of which is the main ingredient: Abyssinian oil.  Abyssinian oil is a rare oil that is derived from the crambe abyssinica plant that’s native to central Africa.

Monat Global Rejuviniqe Oil Intensive

Does it have a scent?

The Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive does smell of citrus due to the lemon peel, lime, and bergamot.  It’s very light, and doesn’t last at all. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, I don’t think the scent is strong enough to bother you much.

How I used the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive


I added the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive to my scalp every other day.  Also, the oil was applied to my hair while I conditioned my hair.  It was then rinsed out along with the conditioner, which then revealed softer, manageable hair.

Cuticle Oil

As I mentioned previously, this oil has helped tremendously in keeping my cuticles and nails hydrated.  It only takes a small amount, too!


I didn’t use the Monat Global Rejuvinqe Oil Intensive on my face; however, I did apply it to my hands, feet, elbows and knees.  The results were good.  My skin in those areas were hydrated without feeling oily.

Overall, the Monat Global Rejuviniqe Oil Intensive has been a good addition to my hair and skincare routine.  However, at $99 per 1 oz., I do believe I can achieve the same or similar results with a product that costs less.  But, if you have the money to splurge and want to treat yourself to a luxury, multi-tasking oil then check it out.

The Monat Global Rejuvinqe Oil and other Monat products can be purchased at Monat.

Ingredients: Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

Indulging in “Me” Time with LUSH Valentine’s Day Treats #TheyDoExist

LUSH Valentine's Day Collection




With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought it fitting to share my plans for this special day of love.  Trust me, it isn’t what you think.  Although I am married, I’ve never bought into the one commercial day to show my significant other that I love him and I’m in-love with him.  However, that doesn’t mean I do not do small things on that day either.  Last year for example, I put together a three-course gourmet dinner (menu created by the 71ateChef).  This year, however, I’m trying something different by romancing myself; I’m indulging in “Me” time with LUSH Valentine’s Day Treats.

I don’t want to get into why, but, if you’re a full-time working mom that has one million and one things going on, you know that having ‘me time’ is rare.  Thank God Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Saturday, which means I can ship off my mini me somewhere after her dance class, and take a nice long bath with one of the LUSH Valentine’s Day Treats: Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar (3.5 oz/$7.95) or Floating Flower Bath Bomb (4 oz/$6.95).

LUSH Valentines Day Unicorn Horn

The LUSH Unicorn Horn is an excellent choice to de-stressing after the end of a long day.  The blend of jasmine and neroli, the latter of which is one of my favorite scents to have in a fragrance, will both leave you feeling relaxed. With the bathroom door shut, and the lights dimmed, and even with a few candles around the tub, I almost feel like I’m at a spa.

LUSH Floating Flower

The LUSH Floating Flower bath bomb also contains what some describe as a seductive fragrance – Jasmine.  That said, Floating Flower is definitely my pick for Valentine’s Day night (or any night) since after a relaxing bath, I should be ready to take my relaxation to the bedroom.  Oops, TMI!  Anyway, the Floating Flower bath bomb not only leaves your water bright pink, and scented with Jasmine, the bathroom, my hallway and my skin are left smelling like this beautiful bath bomb, too. If you love the Flying Fox shower gel, you’ll love Floating Flower.

I know LUSH suggests using the entire Unicorn Horn or Floating Flower bomb during one bath session; however, I found that just breaking off a small piece when I needed it sufficed.

I’ve also been sharing the love by allowing my mini me indulge in some of my LUSH Valentine’s Day Treats.  I mean, if your toddler can tell you she’s had a hard week, then why not let her have a pampering bath time moment, too, right? I mean it does go along with the theme of Valentine’s Day: giving and showing love.

Whether you go out for Valentine’s Day or you’re like me, and choose to celebrate the day by giving yourself “Me” time, I’d love to know what you have planned for Valentine’s Day this year.

Check out the other LUSH Valentine’s Day treats, and let me know if you pick up any or have any favorites 🙂  Remember they’re only available for a limited time, so pick them up while they’re still available.

LUSH Snowcake Soap Review


The LUSH Snowcake Soap was picked up during the LUSH BOGO sale that I mentioned a few weeks ago. Out of all of the other items I purchased from the sale, I chose to review Snowcake Soap because it was one of my favorites out of my purchase.  I’m currently kicking myself in the butt for not stocking up on it because I love it so much.

Snowcake Soap is a beautiful cream-based soap with a dusting of gold on top (LUSH calls it ‘Golden Lustre’).  Don’t worry, the gold washes off in the shower.  However, I do sort of wish it stayed – just a bit. My skin loves the moisturizing effects provided from using the LUSH Snowcake Soap. Instead of being drying like some bar soaps I’ve used, Snowcake Soap is moisturizing as all ever.  Another thing I love about Snowcake Soap is how rich and creamy it is when it lathers up.  Compared to Yog Nog, Snowcake provides much more lather.  The lather, once rinsed off, does not leave residue; however, your skin is left feeling clean, but not stripped. Make sense?

LUSH Buy One Get One _Snowcake Soap

Snowcake Soap, as I mentioned in my haul post, smells divine.  Had I not known any better, I’d eat it.  It smells so yummy! If you’re into marzipan confectioneries with a hint of vanilla, you’ll love the scent of the LUSH Snowcake Soap.  I love using this soap day or night since it leaves a light, lingering scent.  One night after using it, my husband couldn’t stop sniffing me. A little weird, but, he’s my husband.

Since Snowcake Soap is so cream, there’s one crucial thing I noticed I need to do, which is place it in the refrigerator. Whenever I am in the mood to use it, I cut off a slither to use during my shower time. It’s sort of a pain, but it doesn’t affect my love for this soap.

Unfortunately, the LUSH Snowcake Soap is a seasonal item, and only released around the Christmas holiday season, which is actually a let down. Now you understand why I’m kicking myself for not picking up more.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Benzoin Resinoid, Rose Absolute, Cassie Absolute, Sodium Chloride, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Benzoate, Golden Lustre.

Have you tried the LUSH Snowcake Soap? If so, what are your thoughts on it?